November 16, 2011

Marcos Santos Tortured Toddler Son With Hot Frying Pan When Child Asked For A Diaper Change

Chicago, Illinois (The Weekly Vice) - Marco Santos, a 39-year-old Chicago man was jailed after he allegedly scalded his 2-year-old son with a burning hot frying pan after the little boy asked to have his diaper changed.

According to police, Santos was enraged after his 2-year-old son came into the kitchen and stated that he needed a diaper change.

Investigators say Santos pulled the toddler's diaper off, however part of the diaper fell apart - which infuriated Santos even more.

In retaliation, Santos grabbed a piping hot frying pan and placed it on the child's thigh and genital area. The boy reportedly suffered second-degree burns to his penis, scrotum and thigh as a result.

Santos reportedly tried to put burn creme on the boy's injuries, but managed to use a tube of toothpaste as a salve instead.

Both Santos, and the child's mother, 36-year-old Joanna Pawlina, noticed that the boy was having trouble walking, but refused to seek medical care for the child until 3 days later.

An investigation was launched after emergency staff at Layola University Medical Center suspected the burns to be a result of child abuse.

Santos was booked into the Cook County Jail on a charge of aggravated battery of a child. He remains in jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Joanna Pawlina has been charged with endangering the life and health of a child, a misdemeanor.

The little boy's wounds will require skin graphs to repair, prosecutors said during a bond hearing on Tuesday.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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